I am new to video editing, but I am working on putting together a wedding video for some good friends of ours.
I was told (from Best Buy) that Pinnacle was a great program to use. I have been able to figure out how to put a basic video together, using various video effects, menu links, transitions, photo montages, etc.
But now I am to the stage of burning. I did a general "burn to disc" straight from the editing stage. It did the burning process & finalized the disc without errors. However when we watch it, on both the old tube-TV and our new 1080i flat screen .... the video footage and main menu are VERY BLURRY. Photo Montages look great, and crisp/clear when viewed, no problem there. The menu is the biggest frustration, as on our flat screen you can barely read what the various chapters read. The font is so poor that someone who didn't make the disc may not even be able to guess what it says. I dont have a professional video camera, so the footage wasn't the best to begin with....but it's only a 2 year old $700 JVC model, so I woudln't think the film footage would be quite that blurry. My old home-videos looked better, in my opinion, using a 1980 camcorder!!!
I used a 8.5GB Dual-Layer disc when burning, and therefore was able to burn it at 100% quality with room to spare. It's only about 82 minutes of edited video. So I wasn't losing qulity due to excess file size. Any suggestions to those who have used Pinnacle Studio Plus 12???? Customer support has no suggestions - not exactly great help, in my opinion.
I have no knowledge about the various options with burning and different ways to go about it. I know when I used Adobe Premiere Elements (in the past), I needed to save my edited video as an MPEG file and then burn to a disc (in order to get an "error free" burning). So just out of pure guessing, I've tried to save this current project as an AVI file and then burn to a disc....but same result ... BLURRY menu/video, but excellent photo montages.
I have a new laptop (less than 1 year old) so I believe I should have the capability to get this to burn smoothly and correctly.
If anybody has any tips or suggestions, please let me know. I am desperate, as the couple returns from their honeymoon tomorrow and I was hoping to have a final copy to hand to them!! Please email me if you read this and have a chance to lend me suggestions or have run into this situation yourself.